HR_Child Abuse Prevention Policy (CAPP)
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Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics is committed to the development of our gymnasts as well as their safety and welfare. This Child Abuse Prevention Policy (CAPP) is designed to provide clear guidelines and expectations for all athletes, coaches and organizations members on:
Unfortunately, youth sports can be a place where misconduct, including child physical and sexual abuse, has the potential to occur. This Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics approved document will provide the guidelines for appropriate behavior in hopes that the risk of abuse will be minimized. Thesemeasures, while aimed at protecting youth, also serve to better protect adult coaches and volunteers.
Please note: Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics coaches are now mandated reporters, so we felt a definition of child abuse was appropriate and necessary.
What Constitutes Abuse: Act or omission where child is subjected to sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, emotional abuse or prostitution; where child is in need of food, clothing, shelter, medical care or supervision because parent or guardian fails to do so; where child exhibits evidence of skin bruising, bleeding, malnutrition, burns fractures, etc.; or circumstances indicate a condition that may not be the product of an accidental occurrence.
Mandatory Reporting Required By: Physicians, child health associate, dentist, chiropractor, nurse, hospital personnel, school employee, social worker, mental health professional, veterinarian, peace officer, pharmacist, psychologist, fireman, victim’s advocate, commercial film and photographic print processor, clergyman, private paid club coaches.
Basis of Report of Abuse/Neglect: Reasonable cause to know or suspect that a child is subject to circumstances or conditions which would reasonable result in abuse or neglect.
To Whom Reported: County or district department of social services or local law enforcement agency.
Penalty for Failure to Report or False Report: Willful violation: Class 3 misdemeanor plus liability for proximately caused damagesFor more information and definitions go to www.childwelfare.gov
Resources:North Metro Child Advocacy Center303-254-6696
Blue Sky Bridge Child Advocacy Center303-444-1388
Broomfield Police Department303-438-6400
Boulder County Department of Social Services303-441-1000
Broomfield County Department of Social Services720-887-2271
Sex Offender Registration Websitewww.sor.state.co.us
Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all athletes and members of its organization. It recognizes the responsibility it has to promote safe practices to protect athletes from abuse and misconduct. Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics has adopted clear guidelines and protocols to minimize the opportunity for child abuse and to help staff, volunteers and parents recognize inappropriate or undesirable behavior.
Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics understands that social media is a popular communication tool for athletes, parents and coaches. Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics is also aware that social media is a venue where inappropriate behavior and misconduct can occur. The risk associated with social media include: inappropriate access, sharing personal information, bullying, unwanted and unsupervised contact between adults and children, receiving unwanted material, online grooming for sexual abuse or actual unlawful sexual exploitation.
Failure to comply with CAPP guidelines could result in disciplinary action. Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics has a zero tolerance rule when it comes to athlete safety and preventing abuse and misconduct.
Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics wants all athletes to be safe at all times, but is also aware that the restrooms provide a place where abuse and misconduct can occur. Athletes are particularly vulnerable in restrooms due to various stages of dress and undress and because athletes are less supervised.Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics requires all athletes and coaches to report to their Director any and all misconduct, abuse or violations immediately.
Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics feels strongly that hazing, bullying, sexual harassment, initiation rituals and physical punishments are not permitted within the organization. Any form of misconduct by the team, coach or an individual in attempts to bond or take action against another individual or group of individuals which results in abuse, harassment, intimidation or any form of degradation is not allowed by any athlete, coach, volunteer or member of Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics.
Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics is committed to offering an environment that is free of intimidation and abuse and has zero tolerance for misconduct. Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics also believes their athletes should be made aware of all forms of abuse and misconduct including hazing as many athletes will advance to collegiate level sports where hazing can be an issue.
Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics requires all members to report any of the following behaviors:
Hazing can be defined as any actions, whether physical, sexual, verbal, mental, emotional or psychological which subjects another person or group, voluntary or involuntary, with a result that has the intended or unintended effect of abusing, mistreating, degrading, humiliating, harassing, or intimidating the person who may be younger, weaker or have less power. These behaviors are prohibited by athletes, coaches, parents or any member or associate of Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics.
The following are examples of, but not limited to, misconduct that is prohibited at Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics.
Hazing does not include
Bullying can occur when there is an imbalance of power and the person who is older, larger, stronger or more aggressive uses his or her power to control or harm someone in weaker position. The person bullying has the intent or goal to cause harm (i.e. the act is not accidental) and the action is usually repetitious.
Sexual Harassment is unwanted, often persistent, sexual attention and any other behavior with sexual overtones that creates a hostile work or learning environment.
Sexual Harassment Behaviors
It is sometimes appropriate and necessary to have direct physical contact with an athlete for the safety and/or the skill development of the athlete. Rules for physical contact are set to reduce the potential for misconduct. These guidelines have been created to provide practical guidance for Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics’ coaches and those working directly with athletes to keep the athletes safe while promoting an overall safe environment for members and staff. Athletes, coaches, volunteer and organization members are required to follow these guidelines and immediately report any violations to their Director.
If Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics’ coaches choose to offer private lessons, the organization will require they follow the following guidelines and appropriate athlete/coach conduct. Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics mandates that coaches put athlete safety first and always be aware of their own actions and behaviors, and the possible consequences. All staff and volunteers should be encouraged to demonstrate exemplary behavior in order to promote athlete’s welfare and reduce the likelihood of abuse. Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics believes that private lessons can take place in a way the does not put the coach or athlete at risk.
Report the Following to the Director Immediately
Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics recognizes the importance of travel for competitive teams, but also recognizes the importance of respectable and mature behavior home or away. Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics also understands the additional risk of athlete-to-athlete misconduct during overnight travel.The following guidelines are a requirement for athletes who wish to travel. Any violation of these guidelines will result in disciplinary actions. Coaches and athletes are to report any violations to their Director immediately.
Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics believes it is the responsibility of all members, staff, volunteers, parents and athletes to report concerns of abuse or misconduct.
It is NOT the organization’s responsibility to decide the credibility or validity of a report or concern, only the responsibility to report it.
The organization should not attempt to evaluate or investigate the report or be concerned with false reporting but to respond appropriately and swiftly to avoid further distress to the victim. Everyone at Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics is required to report any and all concerns regarding sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, bullying, hazing, coach misconduct, athlete misconduct and any other forms of inappropriate behavior immediately to the appropriate investigative agency and the Director. CAPP reporting guidelines are to be followed when reporting and responding to abuse.
It is the policy under CAPP that every employee, coach, volunteer, athlete or parent in the program must report:
A report must be made when the reporter suspects or has reason to believe that a child has been abused or neglected or when the reporter has knowledge of, or observes a child being subjected to, conditions that would reasonably result in harm to the child.
Any concerns of child physical abuse or sexual abuse, suspicions of child physical abuse or sexual abuse, suspected “grooming” behaviors or reports of misconduct will be taken seriously and handled appropriately.
All club members are to report concerns to the Director who will take appropriate action. The actions of the Director will be documented. A staff member or volunteer may contact law enforcement themselves and then notify the Director immediately.
It should be clear even if the incident occurred outside of Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics, it should still be reported to authorities.Authorities are professionals in interviewing child victims about abuse. It is not Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics’ job so do not attempt to interview any child about a disclosure.
ConfidentialityTo the extent permitted by law, and as appropriate, Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics will keep confidential the complainant’s name on request, not make public the names of potential victims, the accused perpetrator or people who made a report of child physical and sexual abuse to the authorities.
Immediate Suspension or TerminationWhen an allegation of abuse or misconduct is made against a staff member, athlete or coach, that individual will be removed from interaction with athletes immediately and the organization will cooperate with the investigation and conduct its own internal investigation, if necessary.No one is assumed guilty based upon a reported concern but athlete safety is paramount, therefore suspensions are appropriate until the investigation(s) is complete.
Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics wants to promote information and fun activities about the organization and/or its athletes through photographs, recorded images and videos both digitally and through print. To do this in a way that ensures the safety of its members and athletes, Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics requires safeguards to protect from inappropriate use of the images or recorded images (through use of a camera, digital camera, video recorder, mobile phone, or personal digital assistant device or other recording device).
There are risks posed directly and indirectly to athletes through the use of imagery on sports websites and other publications. Photos can be used as a means of identifying athletes by people who wish to “groom” a child for abuse or provide information to estranged parents. Also, the images themselves can be used, modified, and shared among the offender population. To avoid misuse, Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics requires the following guidelines be adhered to:
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